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Honour for sculptor of tiny art
Willard Wigan
Willard Wigan's work can fit in the eye of a needle
A sculptor who claims to produce the world's smallest works of art is one of two people from Jersey recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan has been made an MBE for services to the arts.

The St Helier-based artist said the honour was a reward for his "painstaking" work, normally only visible through a microscope.

Jersey Electricity boss Michael Liston, was made an OBE for services to charity and the electrical industry.

The company chief executive has also chaired the Board of Governors at Jersey's largest school, the Jersey Training and Employment Partnership and the Jersey Appointments Commission.

Willard Wigan uses gold, sand and carbon fibres in his work, and paints by using an eyelash as a brush.

He said: "It almost drives me insane to do it.

"The MBE was very unexpected. I feel very privileged and honoured. It is what I have been working hard for.

"I knew the impact my work was having on people, because they could not express themselves.

"They cannot believe what they see. It shocks them."

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